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Finnish Presidency of the Council Working Party on Statistics


FI - HR handover meeting


The CWPS Presidency was formally handed over to the Croatian team on 19 December in Helsinki. The FI team wants to thank everybody for the good cooperation during the past 6 months and wish the HR team good luck!

FRIBS published in OJ


The FRIBS regulation has been published in the Official Journal on the 17th December.

Read the final text in the Official Journal

IESS published in OJ


The IESS regulation has been published in the Official Journal on the 14th October and will enter into force 20 days after publication.

Read the final text in the Official Journal

IESS corrigendum at the EP


The IESS corrigendum with all language versions is announced today at the EP, and will be deemed approved unless a request is made within 24 hours that it should be put to vote.

Read more on EP's wbsite: EP Plenary 16.-19. Sept Information

Finland in the EU


For the occasion, Eurostat has published an infographics on Finland in the EU: 

Eurostat infographic about Finland in the EU

Sustainability first


Sustainability is one of the priorities of the Finnish Presidency, which is reflected in many ways in the practicalities of running the presidency. Watch the 2 minute video below to see how this affects our day to day business:


A late christmas present from the Presidency


Finland’s Presidency initiative: investing in the future skills of Europeans – training one per cent of EU citizens in the basics of artificial intelligence

The Finnish Presidency has been working with the Member States to reach a shared understanding of the conditions for sustainable growth. Finland has stressed the importance of future development of the single market and taking full advantage of research, development, innovation and digitalisation, and investing in the competences of European citizens. As our Presidency ends, we want to offer something concrete.

During 2020–2021, Finland will provide European citizens with free access to a successful online course, the Elements of AI (artificial intelligence).

This investment has three goals: we want to equip EU citizens with digital skills for the future; we wish to increase practical understanding of what artificial intelligence is; and by doing so, we want to give a boost to the digital leadership of Europe. The Elements of AI is a series of free online courses realised by the University of Helsinki and the Finnish tech company Reaktor.

First published in 2018, the Elements of AI is already available in English, Finnish, Swedish and Estonian.  The course will be made available in all the official EU languages. The original goal was to have one per cent of Finns, equalling some 55,000 people, study the basics of AI. That goal was reached in just a few months, and today the Elements of AI is the most popular course ever offered by University of Helsinki.

Link to the course:

LIBE committee voted on migration statistics


The EP's LIBE-committee voted om Monday the 9th December on the provisional agreement resulting from the interinstitutional negotiations. The result was a very positive one; 47 for, 0 against and 1 abstention. The text will now be translated to all official EU languages and it will also be checked by the lawyer-linguists before the final approval in the EP and in the Council, which is foreseen to happen in April - May 2020.

FRIBS corrigendum at EP


Today even the FRIBS corrigendum with all language versions has reached the stage where it will be announced at the EP, and will be deemed approved unless a request is made within 24 hours that it should be put to vote.

Read more on EP's website: EP Plenary 21.-25. Oct Information

Family photo at the September CWPS

National Users' Conference


Statistics Finland and Eurostat are arranging a customary conference for national users of statistics related to the Presidency. The theme for the conference is "Tiedosta tulevaisuus/Figures for tomorrow". 

More information in english is provided on Statistics Finland's website

Please note that apart from the opening speeches by Mrs Bruun and Mr Barredo Capelot the conference program will be in Finnish.

Handover meeting


The Romanian Presidency team from INSSE handed over the baton to the Finnish team in Sinaia, Romania at 17. - 18. 6. 2019, in the presence of Eurostat management and the Croatian team who will take over after Finland.  In addition to handing over the files, the teams exchanged experiences and practical tips for running the Presidency. 

Finland's Presidency Programme


The priorities for Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union are to strengthen common values and the rule of law, to make the EU more competitive and socially inclusive, to strengthen the EU’s position as a global leader in climate action and to protect the security of citizens comprehensively. Finland’s Presidency Programme was published on Wednesday 26 June.

Read more about the Finnish Presidency Programme and priorities on the Presidency website.

FRIBS & IESS legal linguistic revision


The FRIBS and IESS files are now undergoing a legal linguistic revision before the final versions in all languages can be adopted by the EP and the Council via a corrigendum procedure.The final adoption is foreseen for September/October.


It's here!


The 1st of July marks the start of the Finnish Presidency. On this web page we aim to keep you updated on the open statistical files and the main events and milestones during our Presidency. You can also follow us on Twitter: @TimoKoskimaki